NAFTC unveils new Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training

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April 1, 2016 by NAFTC News

Morgantown, W.Va. – The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) hosted a professional development meeting for its consortium members in Fort Valley, GA, February 23-26, 2016.

During the four-day meeting, members had the opportunity to attend the first session of the newly developed Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “The Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training will help us to educate automotive technicians in the safe repair and maintenance of vehicles that run on propane autogas. Incorporating this new course into current automotive technology curriculums will benefit students, schools and their communities.”

The new propane autogas training gives automotive service technicians an in-depth look at servicing and maintaining propane-autogas-powered vehicles. The NAFTC launched the course to help fill a need for qualified technicians who can adapt, service, and maintain the alternative fuel systems.

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During the Propane Autogas Vehicle Technician Training, participants worked in groups to complete practical exercises to reinforce the training concepts. Credit: NAFTC.

“Sales of commercial propane autogas vehicles increased last year, even with low oil prices, and taking this course is a way for service technicians to stay ahead of the curve as the market continues to grow,” said Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer at the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). PERC funded the development of the training in partnership with the NAFTC.

Course materials provided include a participant manual and program certificate. Instruction mixes classroom work with practical exercises and hands-on shop activities, so technicians will exit the course with an expansive knowledge of:

* Propane characteristics;
* Bi-fuel, dual fuel and dedicated fuel systems;
* Vehicle compatibility and conversion;
* System components; and
* Personnel and shop safety.

Meeting attendees also toured a Blue Bird bus assembly plant, which produces propane vehicles in addition to vehicles powered by traditional fueling systems. The tour included the assembly floor and all aspects of the manufacturing process.

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Meeting attendees were able to tour all of the manufacturing areas of a Blue Bird bus assembly plant and learned about their manufacturing process. Credit: NAFTC.

Also during the meeting NAFTC Director Bill Davis, Assistant Director – Communications and Outreach Judy Moore, and Assistant Director – Training and Curriculum Development Micheal Smyth updated consortium members on NAFTC projects, including future curriculum updates and marketing and outreach activities.

For information about NAFTC membership, visit MyNAFTC.

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Contact:  Judy Moore, National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
304-293-7882 (office), 304-669-4870 (cell), Judy.Moore@mail.wvu.edu

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National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) was founded in 1992 and manages education and outreach programs and activities, develops curricula, and conducts training on subject matter related to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC works with universities, community colleges and high schools around the country to develop training programs for dissemination at the local level. The organization consists of approximately 50 National and Associate Training Centers that utilize its curricula and training materials. Numerous other members from small business, government, and industry also support the NAFTC’s mission.

Propane Education & Research Council
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a check-off program established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. The only energy council of its kind, PERC leads safety and training efforts among propane retailers and consumers and drives technology development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of industries including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial building, agriculture, and material handling.

About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. Since 1927, Blue Bird Corporation has continued to set industry standards with its innovative design and manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, Blue Bird provides comprehensive financial solutions through Blue Bird Capital Services. Today, Blue Bird has more than 1,500 employees, Georgia-based manufacturing facilities and an extensive network of Dealers and Parts & Service facilities throughout North America. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

The NAFTC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University.